Oct 312013
 


Oh, Pandora, the trouble your curiosity caused! You couldn’t re-trap the evil you let loose but the moment of its escape is captured on these mitts.  Simple clean garter stitch lines the cuffs and edgings, leaving your fingers free to open mysterious boxes at your own risk. Both the right and left mitts are fully charted.


These were such a blast to design.  This was a fun collaboration with Christa at Nerd Girl Yarns, one yarn dyer who I’ve been wanting to work with for a while.  Her colorways are so inspiring and so much fun to knit up.  If you don’t know their yarn, you should remedy that.

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Nerd Girl Yarn Bounce & Stomp.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
Gauge:  34sts / 42 rows = 4 ” in stranded colorwork
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the body, US size 1 for the cuffs

Price: $5

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Oct 282013
 


Sisyphus, king of Ephyra, was condemned by the gods to roll a boulder to the top of a hill for all eternity, only to have it roll back down every time he got near the top.  The idea of this constant, fruitless struggle translates well to colorwork but the theme has no bearing on the actual knitting.  The dead simple geometric images make for a super easy knit, even for knitters who have little to no experience with stranded knitting.  These are an excellent pick for those who are just cutting their teeth on colorwork!

The sample is knit with Knit Picks Palette, which comes in a bazillion different colors to choose from.  I love the sunset feel of the Cornmeal and Forest Heather seen here!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  About 110yds of MC and 90yds of CC
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of smaller needles for the ribbing
Price: $5

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Jul 102012
 

Warning: it is impossible to wear these gloves or mitts without feeling the need to wildly wiggle your fingers!

This is such an addictive pattern.  Seriously, I’ve knit three versions and I still want to make more.  It’s one of those where you finish one and immediately want to start another with new colors.  Oh, who am I kidding, I was already planning the next before I’d finish the first glove of a pair.  I never, ever take commissions to knit things but I have already accepted one for these since the person who suggested them came up with a really fun version that I was eager to attempt.

The background and palm-side consist of an easy to memorize four row repeat while the back shows off the kraken whose tentacles are your fingers!  The fingerless version works best when the kraken color is close to your skin color, allowing the two to blend together.  For this reason, I highly suggest Jamieson Shetland Spindrift or Knit Picks Palette, both of which come in an array of neutral tones.

The pattern includes four charts.  There are separate left and right charts for two versions, one for light colored kraken and one for dark.  There are also instructions for working a full glove or the fingerless version.  Two different sizes use the same charts, the sizing determined by the needles and gauge.  Lots of room for customization here!

And hello there, little baby cephalopod on the thumb gussets!  Try to hide but you are oh-so cute that you are hard to miss!

 

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The samples above
    are shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  164-240yds, depending on size and version.
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of
    smaller needles for the ribbing

Price: $6

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Jun 292012
 

I have a real addiction to creating knitting charts. It’s an obsession really. I literally dream of little squares, stitches, and pixels.


I have so many other things I should be working on right now, but instead I’m drawing charts for a brand new pattern.  Those of you who like stranded knitting will have lots to look forward to this fall!

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Apr 032012
 

I’m on a dog kick, apparently!

I had such a blast designing and knitting Sputnik the Magnificent that I was a bit sad when the pattern was posted and it was all done with.  Obviously I still had some stranded toys in me.

Strelka had many inspirations, most of which came from childhood favorite dogs.  In Strelka is a little of both Droopy Dog and George P. Dog, plus a large heaping of the Fisher Price Little People dog.  Although as an adult I am not much of a dog person, I adored them as a child due to these wacky cartoon versions.  I hope Strelka carries along some of these same characteristics well!

 

The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 125yds in MC (shown here in light gray) and 100yds CC (shown here in dark gray)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 13.5″ tall
Price: $5


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Mar 062012
 

Spring is currently flirting with Colorado, making us all want to rip off the winter coats and cast aside the heavy mittens.  Unfortunately Mother Nature is a cruel temptress and still has snow and darkness in store for us.  I’m getting pretty surly towards winter this year.  Having already powered through months of chilly temperatures, colds, and frozen toes, I’m ready to sport these mitts and fight off the rest of winter.  I’ll clear a path for you, Spring, not stopping until I see those daffodils and crab apple blossoms!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  About 90yds of MC and 70yds of CC
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of smaller needles for the ribbing

Price: $5

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Feb 012012
 

I am so, so in love with stranded colorwork.  I would knit stranded mittens constantly if I could.  But, really, how many mittens does one need?  I was thinking a few weeks back on how else to employ the colorwork that I enjoy knitting and designing.  What an obvious thing it was to combine it with my love for toy design!


The shaping of the cat is similar to that of shaping of a mitten.  Anyone who has knit a colorwork mitten will have no problem making the leap to toy knitting.  Really!

 

 

 

 

The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 115yds in MC (shown here in yellow) and 60yds CC (shown here in orange)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 15″ tall
Price: $5


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